Public life in Bangkok's urban spaces

Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina B. (2012) Public life in Bangkok's urban spaces. Habitat International, 36 4: 452-461. doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.04.001

Author Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina B.
Title Public life in Bangkok's urban spaces
Journal name Habitat International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0197-3975
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.04.001
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 452
End page 461
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The paper examines public life within Bangkok's urban spaces on the premise that user needs and satisfaction should play an integral component in the design of these spaces. An ecology-culture-behaviour paradigm is introduced to appropriately rationalise the relationship between urban design, ecology and sociology. Bangkok, a canal- and river-based port city, echoes the urban morphological processes of early Southeast Asian coastal settlements, but differs in its social and physical construct because of its lack of exposure to colonial dominance. Only in the latter part of the 19th century, when Western influence was introduced and became stronger, a change in its physical form was manifest, but the city still retained the social construct within its urban spaces and activity nodes (i.e. informal, commercial and religious spaces). Bangkok street users and their corresponding activities within the contemporary urban street space are also examined through field observation and survey to paint an overall picture of the behaviour and attitudes of the street users. The Bangkok experience presents a case of a dynamic city with competition between its traditions and the Western contemporary influences on its urban spaces. Finally, the paper reiterates the significant need to reconsider the intrinsic relationship between ecology, culture and behaviour to better understand the life between structures to create an urban space that satisfies its end users.
Keyword Pedestrian
Space contestation
Coastal settlement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 23 May 2012, 21:03:22 EST by Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management